Guide for citizens on how to protect themselves and their families against all types of natural and man-made disasters and hazards. The "Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness" from FEMA can be used as a reference source or as a step-by-step manual. The focus of the content is on how to develop, practice, and maintain emergency plans that reflect what must be done before, during, and after a disaster to protect people and their property.
Also included is information on how to assemble a disaster supplies kit that contains the food, water, and other supplies in sufficient quantity for individuals and their families to survive.
There are real benefits to being prepared.
- Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters.
- Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado.
- They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
- People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.
By reading and following the instructions in this guide, you and your family can say, "Yes, we are ready!"